Kids compete in tractor pull

MARION -- They may have ranged in age from only 6 to 11, but the entrants in the youth 700-pound garden tractor pull on Saturday at the Marion Fair revved their engines and powered their vehicles in a tough competition that rivaled the big guys.

Putting their operator skills to the test, the young drivers pushed their tractors to the limit pulling a weighted sled. Each had two tries, and the longest pull won.

The Marion Vintage Power Club sponsors both the youth event and the heavier 1,000 and 1,200 pound contests.

“This is the sixth year we have have sponsored the event,” said Matt Roby, club president. “We’re glad to see the kids coming out to participate and it’s great to watch the dads and grandfathers coaching the young ones.”

Gordon Carmichael from Evart cheered as granddaughter Charity Ingleright from Marion claimed victory with a winning distance of just over 62 feet.

“I’m very proud of Charity,” said Carmichael. “This was the first year she entered the contest and she won.”

“It was a lot of fun,” said 11-year old Charity. “And I like being in an event with my grandfather and I really like learning to drive his garden tractor.”

Other winners were 11-year old cousins Kaylie Roby and Kayla Roby from McBain taking second and third place and 6-year old Alex Johnson of Marion taking the fourth place trophy.

For more information about the club and future events, contact Roby at 231-878-0877.